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Drug abuse trend

Mere Naleba
Thursday, December 05, 2013

METHODIST youth fellowship (MYF) members and Sunday schoolteachers around the country are participating in a three-day camp organised by the Methodist Church.

The camp was a platform for youths to actively participate in discussions related to drugs and substance abuse.

In a presentation to the youths during the afternoon education session, National Substance Abuse Advisory Council officer Simon Cheer said it was a worrying trend for the organisation to see youths abusing drugs and alcohol.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr Cheer said youths should refrain from drinking excessive kava, alcohol and to help stop other youths from peer pressure.

"The biggest lie that is often told by those that are addicted to these drugs and substances is that it will help you achieve more things," Mr Cheer said.

"This is a lie.

"Drugs and substances like alcohol and kava either reduces your ability to think or makes you select wrong choices."

Mr Cheer said youths should not be easily tempted by their own peers but instead be a leading role model to people of their own age group.

About 1400 youths from every Methodist Church division were accommodated at Baker Hall, Lelean Memorial School and the Young People's Department in Davuilevu.